Rachel Sanoff
August 10, 2016 4:18 pm
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YES!!! Today, the Belize Supreme Court ruled that the country’s antiquated anti-sodomy law — intended to criminalize homosexuality — is unconstitutional.

Caleb Orozco, a gay Belizean man, was the court case’s main plaintiff, and told BuzzFeed News that the Supreme Court supported their decision on the basis of “privacy grounds” and “protections of ‘dignity, quality, and freedom of expression.'”

Furthermore, Orozco reported that the judges stated all protections in the Belizean constitution relating to sex must also protect the rights of people of any sexual orientation. And people are celebrating all over social media:

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And advocates hope that this ruling will set a precedent for all of the other regions that still criminalize homosexuality.

Belize, a country in the Caribbean, has had the anti-sodomy law since its days as a British colony — and it is now the first former colony in the Caribbean to declare it as unconstitutional.

As explained by BuzzFeed News, there are still 10 other English-speaking countries in the Caribbean with anti-sodomy laws — including Jamaica. Maurice Tomlinson, a gay Jamaican man, filed a lawsuit in December against the anti-sodomy law in his country — but his case was thrown out. Tomlinson is hopeful that Orozco’s victory in Belize will aid him in his fight for justice.

CONGRATULATIONS, BELIZE!!!!!!!!!

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